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BY JASON NORMAN

VISTA, CA—One of the toughest decisions manufacturers have to make is whether or not to manage their own supply chain functions. Do they farm it out to a third-party logistics provider (3PL) or control it themselves?

Want to demo a bike and ride with Todd Wells, Christoph Sauser or Darren Berecloth amongst others at this year's Sea Otter? Well, thanks to Sea Otter, this year you can. The Ride with a Pro program gives you the chance to ride with your favorite pro mountain or road biker.

LAGUNA NIGUEL, CA (BRAIN)—Online registration for DealerCamp is now open to qualified retailers at surveymonkey.com/dealercamp (click on link).

This intimate mid-summer expo and demo event for bicycle suppliers and retailers will take place July 29–31 at Deer Valley Resort in Park City, Utah.

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SAN DIEGO, CA (BRAIN)—The Competitor Group has hired Aaron Hersh, a longtime Inside Triathlon contributing editor, accomplished triathlete and respected bike technology expert, to the position of senior editor at Triathlete Magazine.

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CHARLOTTE, NC (BRAIN)—Gita Sporting Goods Ltd. has hired Ed Adair as its sales representative for its newly created western territory in Northern California.

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STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO (BRAIN)—The Regional Court of Munich, Germany granted a preliminary injunction against Rong Jou Ent. Co Ltd.—a Taiwanese company doing business under the name A TOP.

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—Hüdz, makers of the popular Enhancement Brake Hoods for dual-control brake/shift levers, has launched a new Web site for 2010 in order to better highlight the technical benefits of Hüdz products.

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BOISE, ID (BRAIN)—Lawmakers in Idaho are considering a bill that requires all bikes ridden in the state to come equipped with at least one brake.

PHILADELPHIA, PA (BRAIN)—Advanced Sports has hired John Solinsky for the position of parts and accessories product manager.

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SALT LAKE CITY, UT (BRAIN)—Three former sales reps are suing Veltec Sports for $60,000 worth of unpaid commissions on sales booked last summer before they left the company.

FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany (BRAIN)—Eurobike is stepping up when it comes to fashion—dedicating a full hall to apparel exhibitors and moving its daily, choreographed fashion show into the nearby East Foyer.

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MONTEREY, CA (BRAIN)—The Bicycle Leadership Conference is two weeks away, but it’s not too late to sign up and get a room for under $100 a night.

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PHILADELPHIA, PA (BRAIN)—Pro Cycling Tour, LLC (PCT), organizer of the TD Bank Philadelphia International Cycling Championship, and Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia have entered into a three-year media partnership to provide live race-day coverage and comprehensive coverage around the race.

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TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN)—A brewing debate over dates for Taiwan Bike Week has been settled. This December’s gathering of product managers in Taichung takes place much the same as in year’s past.

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HAVERHILL, MA (BRAIN)—Pedro's has hired Jeffrey Bramhall as its new operations/logistics manager.

Prior to arriving at Pedro's, Bramhall was a key member of Landry's Bike shop.

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CAMBRIDGE, MA (BRAIN)—The U.S. Patent Office has granted a patent covering CLIX Systems, Inc.'s new wheel quick release.

BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—Hugh Walton and Shelley Gedak are sharing management responsibilities at Veltec Sports following the return of former CEO Manfred Krikke Jr. to its Dutch parent company and the departure of other senior managers.

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QUEBEC CITY, Quebec (BRAIN)—Muc-Off, a UK bike cleaning company, is introducing its vital fluids into the Canadian market for 2010, working closely with On The Edge Canada for exclusive distribution.

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SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA (BRAIN)—Lezyne has hired Ian Ferguson as its new U.S. sales manager.

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BOULDER, CO (BRAIN)—The 2010 Cycling Guide started arriving in homes of bike shop customers around the country the week of March 15. The annual direct marketing program will reach over a half million cycling consumers from 110 stores in 50 markets.

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